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♪ and i will always love you a lot is happening. one of our correspondents managed to get inside syria. she will bring us a report. also new signs that mitt romney's request for the republican nomination could be in trouble even in his own home state. we begin, however, with special coverage, the death of singer whitney houston. her body, being flown east tonight. to new jersey where memorial services may will held. her family may be considering a wake on thursday and funeral friday at newark's 28,000 seat prudential center.
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showing whitney houston 10 years ago envisioning a happy ending to her story instead of the one we're watching now. >> 10 years from now, give me the perfect life for whitney houston. >> retired. sitting, looking at my daughter grow up, become a great woman of god. grandchildren. >> a perfect day is like on a sunday or something like that, when we like, like sit and, you know, we either watch tv or like listen to gospel music or have breakfast together. >> that was whitney houston and her daughter 10 years ago. instead, a long flight home after a life cut far too short. the question, of course, now is why. we don't know either precisely or even approximately how whitney houston died. we know she died saturday
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afternoon at the beverly hilton hotel. a member of her entourage found her in the tub, in the bathroom of her fourth floor suite. she wasn't breathing. an l.a. county coroner official today refusing to say whether or not she drowned or what role, if any, alcohol or drugs might have played. >> you can look at a body and not know what the cause of death is. you might have a suspicion but the person could have suffered a heart attack or embolism or something. no matter what medications they're taking, until we run a tox and see the level and what's in the system, we're not going to speculate. >> she was found under water in that bathtub in that hotel room. that tox that ed winter was talking about, that toxicology report will not be out for as long as six to eight weeks from now although preliminary results could be along a lot sooner. he did say the amount of medicine, prescription drugs recovered was less than found in most overdoses. he did not say, though, which drugs were found.
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tmz was told the anti-anxiety drug, xanax was among them and dr. pin ski says it only takes one anti-anxiety medication alone or in combination with alcohol to kill you. we'll talk to him shortly. he has very strong views on this latest celebrity death. we'll have a lot more on houston's battle with addiction and reports she was drinking as recently as friday night and thursday with her friend, singer kelly price. we'll hear from kelly price as well. first, though, what we know so far about whitney houston's final days. on thursday night, whitney houston takes the stage in what would be her last public performance. video taken at a party celebrating her friend, kelly price's grammy nomination. she hugs price on stage and launches into an impromptu performance singing "jesus loves me." ♪
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>> houston reportedly partied late into the night. these pictures show her looking disheveled. according to tmz.com, houston had a tense argument with another singer at the party. when she left, this photo of her was taken that appeared to show something that looked like blood dripping down her legs. cnn has not independently confirmed this. friends say houston was in good spirits that night, dancing, celebrating and drinking. >> what i can say on thursday night, whitney was partying, happy, sober, maybe a little tipsy because she had some champagne. but we had a good time thursday night, and i will not let anybody else say anything about my friend because it's not true. >> houston was in town for clive davis' pre-grammy party staying at the hilton with her daughter, bobbi kristina. this video shows them speaking to davis at the motel on thursday. her behavior at the hotel was erratic, according to the "los angeles times" saying houston was seen skipping around a
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ballroom and doing hand stands near the hotel pool. the newspaper also reports houston was seen in mismatched clothing with dripping wet hair. on friday night, according to tmz.com, houston spent a long time at the bar at the hotel drinking with friends and being loud according to the website. the next day, houston was getting ready to attend the party. she reportedly spoke to her mother cissy houston around 3:15 p.m. on saturday afternoon. less than 30 minutes later, a member of houston's entourage found her unconscious and unresponsive inside the bathtub. her staff members pulled her out of the bathtub and called for help. >> when our officers arrived on the hotel room and fourth floor, the fire department and hotel security were already attempting resuscitation measures. but at 3:55 p.m. this afternoon, whitney houston was pronounced dead at the beverly hilton hotel. >> investigators say there were no signs of foul play and will not comment if the prescription
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pills found in houston's hotel room had anything to do with her death. >> i know there's reports she maybe was drowned or did she overdose, but we won't make a final determination until all the tests are in. >> an autopsy and toxicology tests were completed sunday. the l.a. county coroner's office says it will be six to eight weeks before they have any answers. houston's body has been released to her family who plan on holding a wake wednesday and a burial in her hometown of newark, new jersey, on friday. whitney houston, of course, got her start singing in church. as you heard a moment ago, she sang the last time in public an impromptu short performance thursday. she sang "yes, jesus loves me." ♪
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♪ >> sing whitney! >> her voice may not have been at its best but she was on that stage to support a friend. that's why we played you that video tonight. that is very important to kelly price, her duet partner there i spoke with earlier tonight. >> kelly, we just saw whitney houston singing with you in what turned out to be really her final performance on stage. how did she seem to you thursday night? >> excited to be there. excited to be at the event. happy, celebratory. she was with me there at my pregrammy event and we were having a good time, which is exactly why she came and took the stage. i wasn't expecting her to do it. she wasn't scheduled to perform that night. but everybody was having such a good tame. we had been dancing and singing and she was getting into everybody else's performances, kind of encouraging everybody else along and just cheering everybody along.
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as i shared a moment with the audience, how she had been such a huge encouragement to me as we met throughout my career, she kind of made her way to the stage and came up. it was a shock to me she came on stage. i wasn't expecting her to. but she wanted to sing. >> did you spend time with her before being on stage after? how long was she there? how did the evening go for her? >> she was there actually almost an hour before i got there. she beat me to my own event. we did, we spent a bit of time together. only to be interrupted by her visiting with other performers that were there and talking to them and communicating with them. we actually got a chance to spend a little time together before it was time for me to perform. we were downstairs in my vip area, more private. we got a chance to catch up a little bit and hug each other and kiss each other and tell each other we love each other. she really expressed to me how
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proud she was of me doing this project and sticking to my guns to sing the truth. as far as r&b music, which was a big part of the celebration as it goes. she was perfectly okay. she was having a good time. she was laughing. she was greeting the other artists. it became a big moment, i think, because like myself, other artists, when they were around whitney houston, recognized she was whitney houston and it was an honor for any other artist, no matter who they were, to be in her presence. >> there are a lot of different reports what happened that night, a report she had a run-in with another woman at the club. pictures of her with what appear to be blood dripping down her leg. do you know any of that? >> i don't know anything about any blood dripping down her leg. i know that at a point, there was wine that spilled and glass that broke. i don't know anything about any blood.
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i don't know anything about an arsment that took place. i didn't see one. i sat at the foot of the stage all night long because i sang almost in between every performance of every other artist. she was there with me with bobby chris, with her brother, with her sister-in-law, who is also her manager and we were there together. my husband, who is also my manager was in the corner as well as the background singers entering the stage, a very tight corner. she decided to come and be in that corner with me because the club itself was so crowded, the artists were having a hard time getting to the stage. it was super crowded and super hot almost to the point the fire marshals shutting us down because it was so crowded. i don't know anything of those events. i knew there was wine that spilled, a glass that broke. it was tight. we were knocking glasses over on the stage that were sitting by the speakers. so i can't account for any of that. what i can account for is that
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everybody had a great time and the whitney that i know and saw was cheering everybody on. she sang, she danced with her daughter, she danced with me. we had a great time. there was nothing wrong with her, that i saw. she was no more than three feet from me the whole night except when i was center stage. >> you say there was nothing wrong with her. obviously, her past battles have been very public. did she seem in any way high to you or intoxicated. i heard you said she had been drinking champagne. >> yeah. everyone pretty much had had champagne at some point in the night. they were toasting the event, toasting the grammy nominations. that's what was going on. she was not high. i'm a girl that group in the projects in new york city. i know high when i see it. she was not high. we were literally having a great time, having a celebratory time. i stick to it because it's the truth.
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i stick to the truth because i'm so glad, if nothing more, i'm so glad that in this moment, i can say i had the pleasure of spending time with my friend, for the last time, and she wasn't high. she was happy. that's the way i get an opportunity to remember her. >> did it worry you to see her drinking at all, given her past? >> well, no, i wasn't worried about it. i didn't see where it was excessive. i didn't see -- i saw her with a couple of glasses of champagne. and our interactions were normal. there was nothing that seemed over the top. she didn't seem to be intoxicated to me. again, i know intoxicated when i see it. i wasn't worried about it at all. i don't think for her the night was about being in a club to get drunk. that wasn't the purpose. the purpose was to come out and celebrate because everybody was toasting and excited about the moment and excited about what was coming. we were planning on spending
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some time together at clive davis' event on saturday. it would have been the most time we have had the opportunity to spend at one place at one time in a period of days in a couple years. i was excited about that. she was excited about that. bobby kris was with her and my two teenage kids were with me. i want to stress that, because it was that kind of event. it didn't lend itself to other kinds of behavior. i had my teenage daughter and son with me at the club. they came to celebrate their mother for the grammy nominations and love of r&b, the event. it was that kind of thing. i would have never wanted to bring my children into an environment i would have felt they would have seen something out of the way. i'm a very cautious mother. i was comfortable with the environment that was there, to the point i would have my own kids there. her daughter was there, she was there and it was an enjoyable time. >> i'm glad you were able to
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have that moment with your friend. i'm sorry how everything has happened and my condolences to you and your family. >> thank you. thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> let us know what you think. we're on facebook, google plus. add us to your circles, a sad story. follow us on twitter. anderson cooper, tweeting tonight. up next, whitney houston's battles with addiction in the past. we don't know what killed her in those final days, those final moments. there seems to be an epidemic of celebrity prescription drug deaths. later, politics -- could mitt romney lose the state he grew up in and is he losing his lead nationwide? paints a pretty dark picture. >> let's check in with isha. >> the syrian government keeps saying the media is lying about the slaughter of civilians but keeping the media out. one of our own reporters made it in no thanks to the regime and telling us and the world what she's seeing. ♪
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you heard kelly price say she was happy. no denying her past two decades have been difficult. more from randi kaye. >> reporter: whispers about whitney houston's troubles began to circle shortly after she appeared in this michael jackson tribute. looking rail thin, the appearance fueled rumors her health was rapidly declining. she denied those rumors in this infamous 2002 interview with diane sawyer, insisting she didn't have an eating disorder and didn't have a crack addiction. >> whitney dying. crack rehab hails. >> first of all, crack is cheap. i make too much money to ever smoke crack. let's get that straight. i don't do crack. i don't do that. crack is whack. >> this says $730,000 drug habit.
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this is a headline. >> come on! 730. i wish. no. i wish whoever was making that money off me could share it with me. no way. no way. >> still, she admitted to battling other demons. >> is it alcohol? is it marijuana? is it cocaine? is it pills? >> it has been, at times. >> all? >> at times. >> if you had to name the devil for you, the biggest devil among them? >> that would be me. >> reporter: houston also had a turbulent marriage to singer bobby brown. married in 1992, some pointed to their relationship as an a primary source of houston's troubles. houston publicly denied that brown abused her. >> has he ever hit you? >> no, he's never hit me, no. i hit him.
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in anger. >> bobby! bobby! >> reporter: that marriage and her erratic behavior eventually became reality show fodder on bravo's "being bobby brown." but that show did little to burnish her reputation. >> we have to live with anthrax -- >> you watch too much tv. >> kiss my ass! >> in her later years, she attempted a comeback and divorced bobby brown and released an album in 2009 that debuted number one on the charts. but a tour was plagued with vocal difficulties and in 2011, her publicist said she was seeking rehabilitation for her addiction. she was rehabilitating her image speaking with tv "extra." >> i think over the years being a mother and being married, i
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have matured in so many ways. my daughter is my greatest inspiration. she has trained me for this role. >> she has trained me. >> she trained me good. >> randi kaye, cnn, atlanta. >> officials have yet to pinpoint a cause of death or rule anything out, when a celebrity with a history of substance abuse is found dead long before her time, suspicions obviously turn to drugs and prescription drugs. i spoke about it with addiction specialist, dr. drew pinsky. as you hear the details now that have slowly begun to come out about whitney houston's final hours, what do you make about this? >> think about this, anderson. there are leagues of rock stars that poured terrible amount of drugs in their system, they're still with us because they didn't get into the pharmaceutical spectrum. these days, drugs find their way to benzodiazepines, and oral opiums and a doctor prescribed
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them and they're all dead. >> what do you mean by ben do diazepimes and oral opiums? >> it's the kinds of medications you're hearing about now having been found at her bedside. it hasn't been yet confirmed but it will be what it turns out to be and oral opiums are pain can i recalls, vicodin, codeine. that combination with alcohol suppresses respiration and people stop breathing. what's happening in hollywood is merely a reflection what's going on in our country. that same day whitney died, thousands of other people with 'dicks died, prescription-related death. >> there is the feeling because of prescription drugs, you need a doctor who gave a prescription, they're somehow not as dangerous. >> that's right. people don't perceive the harm. everyone has been exposed to these and have in their medicine cabinet and their doctor gave it to me, it must be safe. you opened this conversation.
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what do i think about this? i'm outraged by it, sick of it. how many people do we have to hear about, amy winehouse, whatever it is, prescription related deaths, every single one. >> we heard from kelly price earlier, who said on thursday night, whitney was singing on stage with her, champagne was flowing, people said her voice was raspy, a photo of her looking kind of haggard leaving this club although it was late or early in the morning. i guess one is going to look haggard if you've been in a club. >> anderson, i got to stop you, i got to tell you. when i hear people around her are saying this woman with a long history of addiction, multiple courses of rehab is doing fine, toasting champagne, that's so sad that the people around her didn't recognize that merely by the fact that she's continuing to drink tells them, she was treated just last may as an out-patient where i guarantee you abstinence was the goal and here she is with her friends
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toasting, that's sad. >> is it everybody is it people in her life that are happy whitney houston showed up at her event and that ire not going to comment or step in. >> that's the issue with celebrities. not the stress of a celebrity makes somebody a severe addict, they don't have the same consequences others do. people pulling them in saying, hey, dude, you've got to take care of this or an employee saying you have to take care of this right now. it's not just the people around them. how about the physician that prescribed this to them? >> there are also reports that whitney was back working on another film project. she tried to have a comeback. could that have contributed to it? >> yes. the fact this was a woman with chronic addictive pathology, treated as recently as may of last year and somebody thinks it's a good idea for her to be back on a movie in the fall or the winter? absolutely outrageous. this woman should be taking 12
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months to focus on her recovery. this is the other liability of being a celebrity, aside from the sycophants surrounding them, the people who make money off them push them and they love their work, it's gratifying for them. the paradigm story is robert downey. he kept going back to work. it wasn't until he stopped work, did not contemplate going back to work and focused on reality, he is a solid person and can now pursue a glorious career. >> when you're taking these pills or a few combinations, do you feel like you're in trouble? what does it actually -- do you feel like you're high? >> no. you feel like you need more. two processes going on, a pill to solve your problems and regulate your emotions. that only works so long before pills cause withdrawal and emotional issues worse than before you started taking the pills. then there's the drive of addiction, the brain literally confuses the drug with survival
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itself, a positive drive you must use, becomes a priority that usurps all the other brain functions, you have the withdrawal and drive to use and that becomes a priority in one's life. >> how can someone drown in a bathtub? if you pass out, doesn't at some point your body make you wake up? >> remember, anderson, these medications make you stop breathing. of course, if they can make you stop breathing and not realize you stopped breathing, they can make you not realize you're drowning. the same phenomena, not breathing either way. i suspect she stopped breathing before the drowning. what i'm hearing from the coroner's report is that it kind of fits that. your body relaxes so much when you pass, you will slump in something like a bathtub. that's usually the way this goes. people stop breathing. that's what this combination of substances does. >> dr. drew, appreciate it. >> thanks, anderson, please tune in at 9:00 p.m. we'll be discussing this in great detail. thanks again.
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>> whitney houston's 18-year-old daughter, can you imagine what this is like for her? bobbi kristina is overwhelmed, as anyone would expect. sources close to the family said she was hospitalized twice because of anxiety of her mom's death. her life in the public eye next. "raw politics." is mitt romney in danger of getting swept away by the santorum surge? i'll talk to bay buchanan and cnn contributor david frum. [ male announcer ] you love the taste of 2% milk.
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houston's family says her 18-year-old daughter bobbi kristina was taken to the hospital twice after her mother's death. once to be treated for stress and anxiety. like her famous parents, bobbi has made headlines over the years. for an up close, tom foreman. >> reporter: snapped outside a hollywood restaurant last week, these are the last photos taken last week of her husband bobby brown and their only child, bobbi kristina brown. just 18, a family friend says she appears to be overwhelmed by her mother's death. she appeared with her mother in this video a few years back. last fall, she created a small sensation when she posted this video of herself on youtube.
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♪ so like you >> reporter: but if bobbi kristina has shown hints of her musical pedigree, she's also shown a knack for the family controversy. >> i can figure for you to take me out. >> reporter: bobbi kristina was born in early 193 while her mother was still riding a wave of media excitement over her role in "the bodyguard" and her marriage earlier. but over the years, her parents were battling addiction problems and frequently battling each other. audiences were watching bobbi kristina's struggles on the reality show "being bobby brown" that first aired in 2005. the program ended after one season, however, the problems went on. the couple divorced in 2007, whitney took custody of their child and once again lit up the tabloids.
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since then, bobbi kristina has made headlines of her own. she's been cited by police for underage drinking. a celebrity website, media takeout.com posted a picture allegedly showing her with an assault rifle. and just last year, she defended herself against accusations against the "national enquirer" she was using cocaining, tweeting, it's not what it looks like. she went on to wage a public war of words on the internet with a former friend whom she said orchestrated the whole thing. through it all, whitney houston made it clear how much she admired her daughter. just a few months ago promoting a film on "extra" she said this -- >> my daughter is my greatest inspiration. she has trained me for this role. >> reporter: a source close to this family says bobbi kristina may now spend time with her grandmother in new jersey. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> there's a lot more news we're following tonight. isha is back with a 360 news bulletin.
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>> anderson, president obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion budget request spore spending and infrastructure and to pay for it proposes tax increases on rich and defense cuts and medicare and medicaid are hardly touched. >> too in athens, greece, anger in the streets. tens of thousands of protesters clashing with police over the weekend and again this morning. today's riot came after the greek parliament approved new measures in exchange for a new debt bailout from the eurozone. inspections are under way at apple supply factories in china, according to the independent labor rights organization, the tech firm joined last month. they will interview thousands of workers at the plant where there are accusations of harsh working conditions. and the singer adele proved her voice was back after undergoing surgery in the fall. listen.
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♪ a great performance. adele took home six grammys, including album of the year. and nice interview on "60 minutes." >> she sang "rolling in the deep" acapella, which was very cool. so she sang on "60 minutes" before she sang on the grammys. >> you got a little exclusive. >> she's great. just super nice and six awards, just an incredible night for her. >> great interview. >> isha, we're going to check in with you in just a moment. still to come, one of our correspondents made it inside syria bringing us an exclusive on the fighting there. the government says they're not killing civilians. we'll show you what our reporter found on the ground. >> a virtual tie between mitt
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"raw politics" tonight. despite mitt romney's win in the main caucuses and cpac over the weekend, the massachusetts governor has reasons to worry. the ball appears to be tied now between him and former pn senator rick santorum in two national polls. the pew research center survey
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suggests 30% of republican voters nationwide are backing santorum. romney at 28%. former house speaker newt gingrich at 17% and congressman ron paul at 12. gallup tracking poll shows santorum at 30%. romney at 32% and santorum at 30% and gingrich 16% and paul at 8%. in michigan, where his father was governor, santorum has the lead with 33% of likely voters and romney at 27%, gingrich, 21% and ron paul at 12%. it's all 3% for a psychology error. >> david, in your cnn.column today, you say mitt romney had a severely bad week. it had a rocky start. some would say he just won the
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main caucuses and cpac straw poll. how does that make for a severely bad week? >> he had a severely bad week ending in a good weekend. he paid a heavy price for that good weekend. didn't do well in maine and cpac may be even more significant that was an organizational triumph. mitt romney has postponed again his move to the center and now crowded to the right in a big way. in december, when gingrich surged, romney endorsed the ryan plan. he had been looking for months to avoid doing that, a plan that removes the medicare guarantee for people under 55 and last week, with the santorum surge, he has been backed into endorsing the santorum view contraception is a moral problem and something that insurance shouldn't cover. this is not something about churches. this is a whole different issue saying that insurance companies shouldn't have to cover contraception. that's where mitt romney is and the price he has to pay for a good weekend.
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>> that's not necessarily bad for the primary. >> the point of the primary is to position you for the general election. you don't want to say, hey, i came in second in the general election, that's pretty good. i got the republican nomination, that's pretty good. you want to be president and that means you have to be president of this whole country. and that means you cannot allow your party to push you into a corner in the way the republican party has been pushing and pushing mitt romney into a corner. >> bay, what about that? has your candidate been pushed into a corner increasingly on the right? >> it's silly to suggest it. no. if you look at the bus the man's been driving around eight, 10 months now, big word, conservative straight across it. debate after debate and speeches, town halls, he's take an strong social conservative position. you don't get through the republican primary without talking about these issues, addressing it. as he said many times now, he
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governed in massachusetts as a pro-life pro family governor and as president, he will be the same. he has not changed that at all. there's been no lurch whatsoever by the -- >> didn't he say he was pro-choice in massachusetts? >> that's where he remains now. >> hadn't he said he was pro-choice at one point in massachusetts? >> i'm sorry. >> hadn't he said he was pro-chase at one point back in massachusetts? >> he did, admitted as a candidate he went in as a pro-choice governor and had a conversion, very much like reagan, he was governor signed to one of the largest abortion bills in history, looked into the issue a little closer and became pro-life. mitt romney has had this conversion, since the day he had that conversion, he has been a champion of pro-life, pro-family issues up there in massachusetts. as the leaders of that movement in massachusetts have indicated. >> but even with all the problems, is there any question in your mind, mitt romney is the strongest republican in the race
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right now? >> he has the money advantage. i think he will be the nominee and from those the party could have chosen will be a fine president. the reason he could be a good president. at bottom, he's not a culture warrior, a pragmatic problem solver. that's the way he governed massachusetts. since 2006, he has, in conformity of what he thinks his party expects of him and take on a more strident tone. we saw that in 2008. intelligently in 2011 and 2012 he backed away from that. backed -- focused on economic issues and now the social issues are back and cpac this week, allowing himself to support the rubio bill of contraception saying no employer of any kind needs to cover contraception in their health insurance plan as if contraception is a dangerous substance that people shouldn't have. >> 30 seconds.
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>> this is religious freedom he is defending which goes across party lines including independents will respond that, david, you know that. he wasn't forced to take that position by anybody, not santorum, certainly, but by the president who decided to declare war on the catholic church. >> thanks very much. >> still ahead, an exclusive report from inside syria. we'll be right back. tonight from syria, 30 ttd#: 1-800-345-2550
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tonight from syria, 30 people have been killed in violence. 11 people were kill there had today, according to activists. arwar has crossed into syria. we're not going to say exactly where she is for her safety and the safety of her team. >> opposition groups are reporting that at least 30 people have been killed today in syria. what are you seeing on the ground? >> well, basically we're in a safe house. many need medication help and
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they're not able to reach them. >> there's a fairly impressive amount of organization. the units appear to be well organized. they can't conduct offensive operations. they're incredibly organized. whether it's trying to disseminate information, get information, there's a constant flow of information. >> there's been increasing reports of weapons being sent into syria.
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allegations by the regime that al qaeda is behind some of the suicide bombings. is there any truth to that? >> you do see weapons. and the largest weapon we' seen frankly has been an ak-47. and after that, a rocket-propelled grenade. really no match for what the government has at its disposal. yes, people say there's been a slow trickle of weapon, butt really isn't going to put the opposition fighters into a military stance. the opposition, the fighters even themselves do not want to and did not want to have to pick up weapons. the government says they believe some sort of al qaeda group is behind the bombing in damascus, but they also do believe that this is simply because al qaeda,
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being the network that it is is one that's fully capable of exploiting the kind of security vacuum that exists here. but the opposition itself does remain by and large a peaceful movement. >> stay safe, thank you. robert champion's family has filed a lawsuit against a bus company. champion is a florida a&m band member who died allegedly during a hazing beating during the bus. they blame the company and the bus driver of negligence. jerry sandusky, the former penn state assistant football coach is now allowed to visit with some of his grand children. the judge also denied a prosecution request to bar sandusky from his back porch because it overlooks an elementary school.
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a scare for steven brier, he was robbed of $1,000 last week by an intruder armed with a machete. luckily, no one was hurt. and someone bought a winning powerball ticket worth $300 million in newport, rhode island. the drawing was saturday. so far, the winner has not come forward. now back to anderson. >> isha, thanks. gloria estefan talks about her memories of whitney houston. that's tomorrow. coming up, the ridiulist. is it fast? it's got 10 speeds, my friend. ♪ is it fast? it's got a lightning bolt on it, doesn't it? ♪ is it fast? i don't even know if it's street legal. ♪ is it safe?
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time now for "the ridiculist." chicago city had a contest for high school students to design a new vehicle registration sticker. they announced the winner. he was elated. herbie became a local celebrity and rightly show. on a local talk show, he said the design was a tribute to people who saved his life when he was burned in a fire when he was 4 years old. >> i drew this, honoring the police department, the paramedic and the fire department and the helping hands of chicago, because obviously they helped me. >> what a great kid, right? chicago's city clerk suzanna mendoza had this to say at the time. >> 1.3 cars in the city of chicago will have your art work herbert, it's so exciting. >> it is exciting. but hold the phone. because here's what the chicago
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city clerk says now. >> and i cannot in good consciousness ask a chicagoan to put a city, on their car if it looks like it belongs to a gang. >> some thought the outstretched hands looked like they could potentially be throwing gang signs. this is how herbie reacted when he found out. >> i don't think that's fair. i tried the best i can. our design doesn't have nothing to do with no gapgs. it has nothing to do with no gangs. no nothing. it's a picture that someone worked hard for and did the best they can.
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>> yeah, and they're taking away his prize, too, a $1,000 savings bond. herbie's arch teacher helped h imwork on the design. here's what he has to say. >> i have peace of mind, there's no gang sign here. the art teacher said she showed him examples of hands to help draw them, examples looic this, one on the right, you see there, his design is on the left. i think the city of chicago needs to look into that teaching children how to succeed pamphlet for possible gang signs as well. it's pretty similar. the city clerk says it's nothing personal. she's going to give herbie a savings bond out of her own pocket, which is nice, i guess. not sure it's going to make up for it, though. once again, here's herbie before. >> when i do make money and i am able to settle in a place where i can do good, i'm going to help people that are in situation where is they don't have no food and no water. like, you know, japan, what happened over there.
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